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caretaker Feb 9th 2020 1:00 am

Bevs' Albatross Cam
 
Waiting for little Eggbert to fledge. Is there a naming contest for this one?

spouse of scouse Feb 9th 2020 3:14 am

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Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12804021)
Waiting for little Eggbert to fledge. Is there a naming contest for this one?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9XN...&feature=ytmp4

Lovely footage :)

BEVS must be having a break from BE, I can't contact her through the PM system. I hope she comes back after a much deserved rest, she's very much missed.

A naming contest would be great, hopefully BEVS will be back to do that before the 'little' one spreads its wings.

DaveLovesDee Feb 9th 2020 10:34 am

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12804053)
A naming contest would be great, hopefully BEVS will be back to do that before the 'little' one spreads its wings.

I suggest the name 'Albert Ross' :p

caretaker Feb 9th 2020 11:23 am

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These are fascinating birds; wings 10' across and they can fly 70 mph. The effort expended to help them survive is incredible as well, but according to the Royal Albatross Centre, they bring in $100 million in tourism dollars.
https://albatross.org.nz/8114-2/

robin1234 Feb 9th 2020 3:09 pm

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I became aware of a place I never knew existed a few weeks ago. Gough Island in the South Atlantic. It’s a remote island just a few hundred miles from Tristan da Cunha (which, I guess, is itself fairly remote.)

RSPB are involved in an initiative to eradicate the (invasive) house mouse, which unfortunately eats birds eggs and actually nibbles at, and kills, nesting birds & chicks including albatrosses. Apparently Gough Island has a wonderful avian fauna, including a couple of species found nowhere else.

Gough Island sounds like a wonderful place to spend a year - which you can do, if you work for the South African Meteorological Service! Anyway, for the next year or two, there’ll be more folks than usual there, since the ornithologists will be in residence, catching mice.

https://www.goughisland.com/

BEVS Feb 12th 2020 5:09 am

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Otherwise know as Pip Paddles or Paddles Pip , hatched to the York family YRK and OGK on flat track.
Not know yet if male or female.
If there is a naming comp it will happen late Spring I should thing with official naming ( very important) July/Aug.

Much of the tourism dollars goes towards the peninsula trust . That cares for not just protecting the peninsula and albatross but also other wildlife and heritage out on the headland itself. That includes efforts for the endangered yellow eyed penguins and sea lions.
DoC is very underfunded so there is a need for visitor $ as donations simply would not bring in enough to do the work. It also helps stop people just walking on out over the headland and interfering with the albatross and eggs as has happened in decades past.
The colony itself really needs a de-salination plant as all fresh water , which helps cools the birds in these years of rising temps, has to be trucked in. Warm weather means flies which means ughs for the chicks.

It is the only mainland albatross colony in the world. The only one. I've walked there among those birds. :wub:

Oh and they smell of....albatross.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...50a1c5cea8.png

spouse of scouse Feb 12th 2020 11:42 am

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12805388)
Otherwise know as Pip Paddles or Paddles Pip , hatched to the York family YRK and OGK on flat track.
Not know yet if male or female.
If there is a naming comp it will happen late Spring I should thing with official naming ( very important) July/Aug.

Much of the tourism dollars goes towards the peninsula trust . That cares for not just protecting the peninsula and albatross but also other wildlife and heritage out on the headland itself. That includes efforts for the endangered yellow eyed penguins and sea lions.
DoC is very underfunded so there is a need for visitor $ as donations simply would not bring in enough to do the work. It also helps stop people just walking on out over the headland and interfering with the albatross and eggs as has happened in decades past.
The colony itself really needs a de-salination plant as all fresh water , which helps cools the birds in these years of rising temps, has to be trucked in. Warm weather means flies which means ughs for the chicks.

It is the only mainland albatross colony in the world. The only one. I've walked there among those birds. :wub:

Oh and they smell of....albatross.

Thanks BEVS, I found that really interesting and I can see that the wildlife and heritage of the headland/peninsula is very precious. It would be a terrible thing to lose.

And....:heart:

BuckinghamshireBoy Feb 12th 2020 11:59 am

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12805532)
Thanks BEVS, I found that really interesting and I can see that the wildlife and heritage of the headland/peninsula is very precious. It would be a terrible thing to lose.

And....:heart:

+1.

Maybe we should stick to naming the rabbit.

DaveLovesDee Feb 12th 2020 1:13 pm

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Originally Posted by BuckinghamshireBoy (Post 12805542)
+1.

Maybe we should stick to naming the rabbit.

George?

spouse of scouse Feb 12th 2020 1:53 pm

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Originally Posted by BuckinghamshireBoy (Post 12805542)
+1.

Maybe we should stick to naming the rabbit.

Having given up my former weakness of falling headlong into rabbit holes, I'm not acquainted with any of the beasts these days. But Wascally is always a good name for a wabbit.

DaveLovesDee Feb 12th 2020 2:01 pm

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12805614)
Having given up my former weakness of falling headlong into rabbit holes, I'm not acquainted with any of the beasts these days. But Wascally is always a good name for a wabbit.

Diced has always been my favourite rabbit.... :p

spouse of scouse Feb 12th 2020 2:04 pm

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Originally Posted by DaveLovesDee (Post 12805625)
Diced has always been my favourite rabbit.... :p

:lol:

I can't eat it, I think it's because I dismembered too many of them to make rabbit stew for the ex.

DaveLovesDee Feb 12th 2020 5:59 pm

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12805628)
:lol:

I can't eat it, I think it's because I dismembered too many of them to make rabbit stew for the ex.

You should have dismembered the ex instead.....

caretaker Feb 12th 2020 10:40 pm

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I'm used to seeing the usual mom sitting on the nest and occasional look at the chick, or at night nothing but wind and vigilant mom, so it was interesting to see so much interaction and grooming (which I take for affection) and the vocalisation that's absent on the day to day cam.

spouse of scouse Feb 13th 2020 4:27 am

Re: Bevs' Albatross Cam
 

Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12805862)
I'm used to seeing the usual mom sitting on the nest and occasional look at the chick, or at night nothing but wind and vigilant mom, so it was interesting to see so much interaction and grooming (which I take for affection) and the vocalisation that's absent on the day to day cam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e60fk2KvToY

What a privilege to be able to see that, thanks for posting! I love how one of them (mum?) enjoys being groomed, reminds me of any busy parent having a moment of 'me' blissful time :wub:

BEVS Feb 13th 2020 10:07 pm

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09:40am 14th.
Colin the DoC ranger weighs the chick and checks for fly strike.

BEVS Feb 14th 2020 1:33 am

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Changeover . Mum returns to the nest after just a couple of days at sea. Dad a little bit reluctant so she gave him a bit of a shove. 2.15pm.


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...dd65543441.png


caretaker Feb 14th 2020 2:13 am

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Will she be regurgitating goodies for the kid then?

Lion in Winter Feb 14th 2020 2:42 am

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I keep missing all the exciting bits. I've seen a lot of a big bird sitting on a nest :p

spouse of scouse Feb 14th 2020 4:30 am

Re: Bevs' Albatross Cam
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12806416)
Changeover . Mum returns to the nest after just a couple of days at sea. Dad a little bit reluctant so she gave him a bit of a shove. 2.15pm.


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...dd65543441.png

Aren't they wonderful parents. I'm fascinated by them!

spouse of scouse Feb 14th 2020 4:31 am

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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter (Post 12806431)
I keep missing all the exciting bits. I've seen a lot of a big bird sitting on a nest :p

:lol: Stick with BEVS and Caretaker kid, they'll show you the exciting bits.

BEVS Feb 15th 2020 9:36 pm

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Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12806423)
Will she be regurgitating goodies for the kid then?

Yup. Over the course of several days until her mate returns to take over all duties. Tasty regurgitated squid mush and bits for the most part. It;s a 24/7 job at the mo.
As you may have noted the chick is already starting to sit out a little bit as it & parents progress to the post guard stage.


BEVS Feb 15th 2020 9:42 pm

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The Valentine's Day changeover. Not my vid or screenshot. Someone else thinking to keep a 'highlight'.

Dad was reluctant to leave the nest so Mum had to give him a bit of a shove. See the chick is already 'sitting out' a bit.

Changeovers depend on where the feeding grounds are, when the absent bird feels it has enough and , of course, the wind. Albies need wind.


BEVS Feb 15th 2020 9:59 pm

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11:55 am NZ time 16th.

Chick is on view and you can here it cleaning itself. It is foggy there and one can here a cruise ship hootering. I'm not a fan of these things in that harbour at all. Too much wildlife and ecology.
Don't forget that one can rewind back over 12 hours.


BEVS Feb 17th 2020 12:09 am

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Changeover 09:58am

BEVS Feb 25th 2020 1:14 am

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Some footage of the weight check today. Chick is growing fast now. It will soon be at the post guard stage.
I am hoping for a male.


If there is actually no interest in this I will cease the naughty thread bump updates as in general bumping own threads just to talk with oneself or revive a topic is a bit of a no-no.

Lion in Winter Feb 25th 2020 1:25 am

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12811419)
Some footage of the weight check today. Chick is growing fast now. It will soon be at the post guard stage.
I am hoping for a male.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-BQ3o7tfk

If there is actually no interest in this I will cease the naughty thread bump updates as in general bumping own threads just to talk with oneself or revive a topic is a bit of a no-no.

No, don't stop. It's my only chance to catch the interesting bits.

spouse of scouse Feb 25th 2020 1:29 am

Re: Bevs' Albatross Cam
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12811419)
Some footage of the weight check today. Chick is growing fast now. It will soon be at the post guard stage.
I am hoping for a male.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-BQ3o7tfk

If there is actually no interest in this I will cease the naughty thread bump updates as in general bumping own threads just to talk with oneself or revive a topic is a bit of a no-no.

What Lion said! Every time I look at the webcam there's nothing much happening, so if you're ok to keep posting updates please do xx

spouse of scouse Feb 25th 2020 1:31 am

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Gawd those rangers are brave, I reckon Mum/Dad could do some damage with that beak if they wanted to.

Lion in Winter Feb 25th 2020 1:33 am

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12811428)
Gawd those rangers are brave, I reckon Mum/Dad could do some damage with that beak if they wanted to.

S/he seems very unafraid though. I don't know if that's because s/he recognizes the rangers, or has no reason to be afraid because s/he could take their arm off if desired.

BuckinghamshireBoy Feb 25th 2020 7:23 am

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12811419)
...
If there is actually no interest in this I will cease the naughty thread bump updates as in general bumping own threads just to talk with oneself or revive a topic is a bit of a no-no.

Absolutely no stopping!

I'm twelve hours behind you and rarely get to see 'action'. I know that I can roll back 12 hours, but I don't always remember... :blink:

Lion in Winter Feb 25th 2020 10:15 am

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Originally Posted by BuckinghamshireBoy (Post 12811497)
rarely get to see 'action'.

Not sure that's Bev's problem to solve though, to be fair. :p

spouse of scouse Feb 25th 2020 10:17 am

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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter (Post 12811429)
S/he seems very unafraid though. I don't know if that's because s/he recognizes the rangers, or has no reason to be afraid because s/he could take their arm off if desired.

Probably a little from column A, a little from column B.

BristolUK Feb 25th 2020 12:02 pm

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12811419)
If there is actually no interest in this I will cease the naughty thread bump updates as in general bumping own threads just to talk with oneself or revive a topic is a bit of a no-no.

The highlights are good. This one reminded me of the scales at the chemist for weighing a baby.


https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...49c6bf5944.jpg

I noticed that the rangers approached from the left but departed to the right. Any reason for that? Everything was done slowly, with such care and I thought backing away would be the way to leave rather than walk past.

caretaker Feb 25th 2020 12:26 pm

Re: Bevs' Albatross Cam
 
Sometimes I turn it on just to watch some of the ordinary night-time activity, preening, adjusting, checking on the chick. You have to admire their patience.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...28de3bb08a.jpg

Jamesy5008 Feb 25th 2020 1:02 pm

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Great footage. I had no idea they were so big. Sitting next the ranger, you can see that the bird is much the same size as his torso. Keep posting!

Lion in Winter Feb 25th 2020 1:07 pm

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I'm waiting for Eggbert to fly. How much longer before first takeoff?

BEVS Feb 25th 2020 8:06 pm

Re: Bevs' Albatross Cam
 

Originally Posted by Lion in Winter (Post 12811672)
I'm waiting for Eggbert to fly. How much longer before first takeoff?


First they practice hovering. The art of wind under the wings . No practice flights as such. One day it is enough, the wind and diection is just right and they go. No previous sea flight taken.
The full grown fledgling with be away to sea then for an average of 5 years before returning to hopefully find a mate. They fly South America way.

BEVS Feb 25th 2020 8:09 pm

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Originally Posted by Jamesy5008 (Post 12811668)
Great footage. I had no idea they were so big. Sitting next the ranger, you can see that the bird is much the same size as his torso. Keep posting!

They are huge ! I have been there y'know. I have walked on that headland beside those albatross. :wub: Not anyone or everyone gets to do that.




BEVS Feb 25th 2020 8:11 pm

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Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12811641)
Sometimes I turn it on just to watch some of the ordinary night-time activity, preening, adjusting, checking on the chick. You have to admire their patience.

Do you sometimes hear the penguins? Little Blues.

The parent will feed chick at night atm. Tiz 24/7



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